Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tan Angora babies

JG's Sunrise, my blue tan angora doe, gave birth today to 7 babies, one appears to be self, the others are patterned. The sire is a REW, JG's Stinker. The patterned babies could be agouti, but I believe at least some of them are otters. We'll see in a few days. At least there will be no shorthairs in this litter, all the shorthairs have been eliminated from the program.

This litter will also give me insight into Stinker's genetics. I can say that all appear to be black-based so far.

It is such a relief, I've been promising colored rabbits to people, finally I can make good on it!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Antje's babies

I figured it was time for an obligatory cute baby rabbit photo:

All nine are fit and healthy. The two littlest ones still are little, but I have not had to give them supplemental time with Mom past their first week, they are fending for themselves quite well. They're starting to sample hay and rabbit pellets, and are venturing out in the now hay-lined cage.

Speaking of hay, I just got a fresh supply. There are few scents better than fresh hay. This time of year, my supplier always has a nice mix of grass and legumes. Later in the year, he has mostly legume hay, which is ok for pregnant moms and moms with litters, but not so good for the rest of the herd. Hopefully when I move, I can find someone with a nice orchardgrass/clover mix available year-round. I've already started looking.

Stinker is getting clipped to the skin for IAGARB testing. I'd like to see if a rabbit of my own breeding can make it. Next will be Oscar.

I also recently became VP of UARC. I must say, this club has been active and is growing! As a club, we are still working out the best way to achieve our mission, but we have certainly made progress and I am very enthusiastic about our future! The member input about our goals, and how to achieve them is heartwarming, and I predict big things for this club!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Baby update

Well, Antje only had the nine babies, I guess she was just a slow starter. Every day I take the two scrawniest one out and give them some quality nursing time with her. While doing so, I noticed she only has six teats. No wonder these two aren't doing better! A couple of the bigger ones seem four times bigger already. I have two does I hope will deliver tomorrow, if one of them has a small litter, I'll foster them to her. If not, I may see if I can farm these two scrawny ones out to a friend with a doe with a small litter.

I'm thinking I may have to make teat counts a priority in selecting keepers. I like big litters, so this is something I need to consider more.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Drought's over!

JG's Antje gave birth last night around 10pm to 9 little pink wigglers. I had them out today to give the smallest ones some quality time with mom and dinner. Perhaps because of the heat, she didn't pull any wool with them. So I shaved her belly with my new German Red Clippers (awesome tool, well worth the price). As I did so, I noticed she was still bleeding a bit, although she'd cleaned herself up very well. Then after I put her away, I noticed later when I brought her some fresh parsley and a half a carrot, that she is now pulling wool. A little late for that, I thought, then it occurred to me, I'll bet she still has a baby or two inside her. We'll see what happens. Proud Papa is Samson's Oscar.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Bunny adventures

It must be a Tan thing. Awhile back, my friend Claudia had this in her blog. Then this weekend, Merry's cousin Sunrise got loose while we were up at camp. One of my neighbors tried to catch her, but she was too sly. When I got home, I could not find her. Then today, while I was at work, one of my other neighbors spied her, and he and Bob successfully snared her. She's staying inside now. I had her out during this spell of cool weather, but no more for this bad girl! I thought I'd never see her again, and I am not taking any more chances! At least if she gets loose inside, there aren't too many places she can go.